Dem calls report on Trump, intel 'disturbing'

Dem calls report on Trump, intel 'disturbing'

Dem calls report on Trump, intel 'disturbing'

"It sounds like White House is parsing words by saying "didn't discuss sources or methods" as a weak cover your a**", the former officer said.

One former intelligence official is anxious President Donald Trump is out of control in the wake of a report that suggested he shared classified information with two Russian officials.

US officials have told Reuters they have always been concerned about disclosing highly classified intelligence to Trump.

The newspaper story said the intelligence Trump shared concerned a Daesh threat about how to make laptop bombs that prompted the US and the U.K.in March to ban electronic devices in cabins on flights from Muslim-majority countries.

A president has wide berth to reveal classified information, but critics already have denounced Trump for having too cozy a relationship with Russian Federation, which intelligence and military officials view as an adversary.

"At no time were intelligence sources or methods were discussed, and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known", he said.

The White House also released a statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said the Oval Office meeting focused on counterterrorism, and from deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, who called the Washington Post story false. "Their on-the-record accounts should outweigh those of anonymous sources" in the news report, he said.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster says, "At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed". "The President only discussed the common threats that both countries faced".

BuzzFeed also confirmed The Post's report, with one US official saying that the disclosures from the president to the Russians were "far worse than what has already been reported". Still, it will only heighten Trump's strained relations with intelligence workers and former officials, who view Russian Federation as an adversary. "Revealing classified information at this level is extremely risky and puts at risk the lives of Americans and those who gather intelligence for our country", he said.

If true, the breach was ill-timed, coming a day after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election.

"If this is true, the president should explain to the American people why he divulged classified information to the Putin regime".

It's unlikely that Trump has broken any law.

While the president has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will, in this case he did so without consulting the ally that provided it, which threatens to jeopardise what they called a long-standing intelligence-sharing agreement, the USA officials said.

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Trump's meeting with the Russians came last Wednesday, the day after he fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into Russian meddling in the US elections and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Since Trump's reveal to Russian Federation, the White House has been trying to fix the situation by contacting the CIA and the National Security Agency.

The CIA is declining to comment.

While Republicans have largely avoided the issue on Twitter, Democratic senators were vocal on Monday night about the report.

The White House has looked to the trip as a moment to draw Trump out of Washington's hyper-partisan hothouse and put him in a more statesman-like setting.

"Obviously, they're in a downward spiral right now and they've got to come to grips with all that's happening", he said of the White House.

"The chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline is creating an environment that I think makes - it creates a worrisome environment", he said.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that if the story is true it would be "deeply disturbing".

Reaction from Capitol Hill Democrats was full-throated.

CNN had previously broken the story on the intelligence that Trump reportedly discussed - that ISIS had been devising ways to plant explosives in large electronic devices and defeat screening systems meant to keep them off aircraft.

"Risking sources and methods is inexcusable, particularly with the Russians", Sen.

The story prompted Sen. "It could harm our national security by cutting off important sources of intelligence that protect Americans against terrorist acts", Wyden said.

Editor's Note: Julie Pace has covered the White House and politics for The Associated Press since 2007. Thune reacted after an initial briefing on the news report and said he had not reviewed details.

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